Leeds United midfielder Adam Forshaw is still not ready for action after a horrible 15-month lay-off.
In response to supporters on Monday, The Athletic’s Phil Hay claimed the 29-year-old “has been trying to get over the last hurdle for a long time”
A hip problem has seen Forshaw sidelined since September 2019 with his final appearance in a Whites shirt being a 45-minute stint against Charlton.
With the emergence of Jamie Shackleton, the signing of Rodrigo and Stuart Dallas a natural central midfielder, it’s hard to imagine Forshaw ever playing for the Yorkshire giants ever again.
And because of that, it would be wise for Victor Orta to look to move him on at the earliest convenience, as ruthless as that would be.
Leeds are merely wasting financial resources keeping players like this at the club.
Between Forshaw (£60k-per-week) and Gaetano Berardi (£35k-per-week) alone, they are spending nearly £100k-per-week on a pair of players who aren’t going to contribute one minute to their cause this term.
Those wages could be spent elsewhere – on a central defender who is going to help shut up shop, perhaps?
Indeed, the 5 foot 9 maestro has cost the club around £500k-per-game since the start of their Championship-winning season and overall, around £265k-per-match since his £4.5m arrival in 2018.
It would be a brutal call to sack him off, but United need to look at the bigger picture to help their chances of remaining in the top-flight.
Noel Whelan believes Forshaw would even welcome fresh start elsewhere, he told Football Insider: “The January window has obviously just opened and I’m sure he wants to go and get settled in a team where he can play football. He’s a good footballer, so I’m sure that will be on his mind.”
Orta must show no mercy over the “exceptional” and long-serving midfielder this month.
AND in other news, Orta can find Bielsa his next Kalvin Phillips in £13m BRUTE…